Travel is on my mind today. It is a day that freezing rain is in the forecast. A day that I am shut away in my office with two doors between me and the lower level. And a day that The Doc sits sans hearing aids to avoid all the noise. Since yesterday afternoon there have been three large industrial fans and a oversized dehumidifier constantly running in our lower level to dry out the damage from the leaking pipe. It is a necessary evil, and today there is no getting away from it. So getting away is on my mind and perhaps, weather permitting, we will get a daytrip in and a dinner out in the next few days.
There was a time when longer getaways were part of our dreams, or at least part of my dreams, but getting away is not something we do very well any more. Sure I love to see new things, and we have had a few memorable trips during our lifetime, but checking off multitudes of locales during retirement does not appear to be in the cards for us. There are several reasons for this.
1. I like my own bed. – I don’t sleep well when I travel. I miss my chiropractic mattress. My back misses my chiropractic mattress. I might last a week in a strange bed, exhausted without sleep, but it isn’t easy. I become a very grumpy travel partner.
2. I often get sick when I travel – This goes back to the bed issue. When I don’t sleep, I get rundown. When I get rundown, I get sick. Often a bad cold complete with sinus headache, ear aches, congested chest, etc. I then become a very grumpy and bitchy travel partner. Not a good travel combination.
3. The Doc no longer enjoys walking – While walking and exploring are my favourite parts of traveling, they no longer work for my travel partner. His hip hurts. His knees hurt. He isn’t as portable as he used to be. It is pretty hard to explore when you can’t walk well anymore, so exploring is pretty much out of the question.
4. I don’t like to sit all day – When you can’t walk, the only other option is sitting. I spend most my days not sitting. Too much sitting doesn’t agree with my back or my mental health. Too much sitting makes me want to scream. I would become a grumpy, bitchy, agitated travel partner. And no one wants that to happen.
5. Bus tours are out – Part of this goes back to the sitting thing mentioned above. Plus I don’t want to see the world through a bus window, and one of us would have to have the aisle seat. But I have bigger gripes about bus tours. One, you are constantly living out of your suitcase. And two, you don’t get to sleep in. You literally have to pack up every night and be ready to leave early in the morning. That is not my idea of a vacation.
6. Road trips are no longer viable – There was a time when I had a dream of purchasing a van similar to the one owned by Margie from Back Roads and other stories. But this requires a lot of driving. The Doc is now 73 and often drives like he is 83. Plus he isn’t good at stopping for breaks. I am now 64 and often drive like I am 4 or half asleep. Long distance driving is no longer an option. At least not if we want to survive another decade. The last thing I want to become is a grumpy, bitchy, agitated and possibly dead travel partner. Plus there would be walking and hiking involved in these types of trips; and I’ve already covered that.
7. We are not fond of the heat – Oh I know most Canadians love to go south where it is sunny and hot during the winter months, where they spend days on end sitting on a beach or a deck; other days walking golf courses or visiting amusement parks. We do not fall into that category. We get hot and bored and tired. We miss the weather variations of Nova Scotia. We miss evenings by the woodstove and all our hobbies. We like the winter break from sunblock. We enjoy the first snowfall and then later on the first signs of spring. We own winter boots and snow pants. We are hearty and proud of it.
Given all this, it didn’t come as a surprise to realize that, as a blogger, I follow several travel blogs. Unconsciously I have selected more travel blogs than other kinds of blogs. Surely, it is my way of traveling vicariously without having to deal with all the issues noted above. Surely! So here’s a shout out to travel bloggers for sharing the photos and details of their wonderful excursions. They help make me ok with the fact that I will probably never see many of these places in person. Isn’t technology wonderful!
Thank you for reading.